Defending TBT champion Boeheim Army took a punch in the mouth as India Rising took a 5-0 lead to start the game. But as former NBA player and head coach Rudy Tomjanovich once said, “Never underestimate the heart of a champion.”
After the media timeout, Army settled in and began playing true to their championship form. As the match wore on, Boeheim’s army asserted their dominance while India Rising’s inexperience began to show in their mistakes. The military forced Rising into turnovers and unruly shooting. Rising committed 15 turnovers and was held 34% from the field the entire game, but the large crowd of Syracuse Orange fans enjoyed seeing some of their favorites in action again.
Other key stats throughout the game included points on turnovers (19 to 5 for Rising), points from the bench (51 to 32 for Rising), points in the paint (44 to 16 for Rising) and fast break points (31 vs. 0 for Rising).
Former Syracuse forward Jimmy Boeheim admitted that Boeheim’s army didn’t have many points of reference in the build-up to Friday’s game against India Rising.
“We didn’t have too much scouting report on them, we just knew we had to handle business, play hard, play together,” Boeheim said.
The top scorers for both teams were Mississippi State former Dee Bost who led all scorers with 18 points and University of Calgary alum Robbie Sihota who led India Rising with 12 points in a losing effort. Bost hit the game-ending Sling Shot and pocketed extra money for doing it while wearing Pumas. Andrew White had 16 points and 8 rebounds. Jimmy Boeheim scored 8 points on 3-6 shooting while grabbing 4 rebounds in 16 minutes of action while former Cornell teammate Matt Morgan had 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists.
The defending champions will take on The Nerd Team, a roster made up of players from some of the country’s top academic institutions, including Prentiss Hubb of our Lady. One of the areas of concern is the health of DJ Kennedy who left last night’s game in the first half.
The game begins at 2 p.m. at SRC Arena at Onondaga Community College and is available on ESPN. The winner of this match will face the winner of Friday Beers-Blue Collar U on Monday night.